When everything* goes to plan

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This weekend saw the Bear Bones Bike Packing January Ford Fiesta Event in deepest darkest Wales.

I won’t bore you with the details of I rode here and I rode there but I’ll share with you some pictures and a quick review of my gear at the bottom of this blog.

Saturday morning weather forecast

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Sunday forecast

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Stuart and Dee of Bear Bones http://www.bearbonesbikepacking.co.uk/index.php serving up towels, dice, tea and toast

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The idea was to cross any of the 20 fords that we are given to hunt out, but bridges were allowed when available

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More fords to cross

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Fantastic views

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With a very remote feel

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Red, Black & White, tyre envy

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More fords

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Friendly locals

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Very, very remote feeling

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Bothy life

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A loo with a view

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Riding with a racer

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At last a tail wind

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Ride stats over the 2 days from 10am Saturday until 1pm on Sunday

72.6 miles, 8,647feet of ups and downs and 56.6 lbs of bike and kit weight

Products reviewed

Travers 29er+ Angus (Rudy Fat) – I couldn’t have asked for a better and more enjoyable bike to ride even with it’s total weight with winter kit was 56.6lbs it handled as if it wasn’t carrying anything at all http://www.traversbikes.com/store/p8/Rudy_Fat_29__Frame.html

Surly Knard 29 x 3” tyres on 45mm rims – for 99% of the ride they were fantastic rolling so well, leaving those I rode with on the downs without pedalling EVERY time, 1% of the ride was mud and wet grass where there was a fair bit of wheel spin and loss of traction but it was easy to live with when the rest of the ride was so easy

Wildcat – Tiger – The perfect harness for fitting a load onto the rear of your bike without the need for a pannier rack, and fitting instructions once the load had settled from Ian of Wildcat himself while riding together. http://www.wildcatgear.co.uk/shop/seat-systems/wildcat-gear-tiger/

Alpkit – Kanga and Roo harness for the front of the bike, Double ended dry bag, 2 stem cells and a tapered dry bag to fit in the Wildcat Tiger, just worked perfectly without complaints, you couldn’t have asked for more https://www.alpkit.com/bike-luggage

I won’t bore you with the other stuff like sleeping bag, mattress, cooking stuff etc, etc that was needed to survive on.

* Not everything went to plan. I left my inflatable pillow in the bothy but luckily Mike (Yetiman) picked it up and brought it home for me and I did forget to pack my Alpkit Spork (folding spoon/fork). Cheers for the un hygienic borrow in the bothy fellas.

Thanks for everyone for the banter and the excuse to get out for a weekend of great riding in early January

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3 thoughts on “When everything* goes to plan

    ianbarrington said:
    January 28, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Not a bad picture of me there, John 🙂
    Still can’t believe quite how fast that 29+ rolls either…

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    JohnClimber responded:
    January 28, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Cheers Ian, it’s the Knard tyres that roll so well, crap in gloop but cheating everywhere else.

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